2011-04-27 / Front Page

BOE burns Old Primary School debris

By Deborah Bennett Millen News Editor

Debris from the demolition of the Old Primary School building was burned the evening of April 19. (Photo by Allen Smith) Debris from the demolition of the Old Primary School building was burned the evening of April 19. (Photo by Allen Smith) The debris from the demolition of the Old Primary School building located on Cleveland Avenue was approved for burning by the Jenkins County Board of Education ( BOE) during their April 18 meeting.

Chairman Danny Bennett explained that he had spoken with local fire department personnel who were receptive to the plan and would control the blaze. However, the fire would have to be set by the BOE. Also, a permit showing that the debris contained no asbestos was needed and had been acquired. The costs for hauling the debris off the site would be astronomical, he said.

In other business, School Superintendent Melissa Williams announced Teachers of the Year as follows: Jenkins County Elementary School, Katrina Sherrod; Jenkins County Middle School, Wayne Burke; and Jenkins County High School, Jennifer Brinson. Announcement of the system-wide Teacher of the Year will be made at the school’s pre-planning meeting for the next school year.

Nichole Moulton, director of special services, presented information on the school system’s special education program and new state requirements concerning special education students as related to making Annual Yearly Progress (AYP). For a school system to make AYP, the state now requires that 80 percent of special education students earn a regular diploma. The current percentage for the local system was 11 percent.

“But we’re not in this boat alone,” Ms. Moulton said, noting that other school systems were facing the same hurdle. The state requirement, she said, was tied to the No Child Left Behind Act, a Federal mandate.

Superintendent Williams reported that enrollment in the school system was down four students from the previous month with total enrollment being 1,515 students.

The BOE recognized the achievements of several groups of students: JROTC Drill Team, state champions for the third consecutive year; stock market winners; Lion Club Oratorical contest winner; and girls All-Region basketball players. ( Photos on page 2.)

Other actions taken by the BOE included the following.

 Chris Mason of McIntosh County was approved as Jenkins County High School head football coach;

 Hector Vasquez of Metter was approved as JROTC instructor;

 Retirement of Marie Garvin, secretary to the superintendent, was approved; and

 4-H program assistant was approved.

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